The mission of Turnaround Security is to tackle “hard problems” in the information security and privacy domains, innovate creative solutions, and bring them to market. AppSec DesignerTM is our flagship product.
Our principals have experience as Chief Information Security Officer, Enterprise Security Architect, Security Engineer, DevOps Engineer, Process Consultant, Lead Product Demonstrator, Paralegal, Game Developer, Programmer, and Electronics Engineering. They have served major corporations and government agencies, including the United States Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, The United States Mint, The World Bank Group, Barclays, IBM, General Dynamics C4 Systems, Lockheed Martin, The Vanguard Group of Investment Companies, Chrysler, Visa International, Verizon Communications, United Services Automobile Association (USAA), UnitedHealth Group, U.S. Department of Justice, Hostess Brands, Revlon, Neiman Marcus, and Bloomingdale’s.
The concept that spawned the creation of Turnaround Security had its roots beginning in 2014, with our founder working as an Enterprise Security Architect on a large government project. Faced with development leads that created system security plans that were lacking in quality, the ideas leading to AppSec DesignerTM were born. Prototypes were built and presented to various Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) chapter meetings, Shmoocon Epilogue, and the 2016 SABSA conference in Dublin, Ireland. A Provisional Patent application was filed in July 2017. In October 2017, we launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to raise $60,000 for product development.
Our team is composed of three family members, supported by over 12 professionals in various fields, including graphic design, web site development, news, social media, communications, financial management, product development, and advertising.
John M. Willis, Founder & Chief Executive Officer
John M. Willis is Founder and CEO of Turnaround Security since 2016. Prior to Turnaround Security, he was a Chief Information Security Officer for Zermount Consulting, supporting the United States Secret Service (2015-2016). John was the Principal Information Security and Privacy Consultant for pINFOSEC, supporting Computer Sciences Corporation, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Desjardins, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate, CA Technologies, Verizon Telematics, and the DHS Office of the Chief Information Officer (2012-2015). John served as a Chief Information Security Officer for Lockheed Martin, supporting The United States Mint (2011-2012). John was again Principal Information Security and Privacy Consultant for pINFOSEC, supporting The World Bank Group, Barclays, IBM, Harris, U.S. Navy, General Dynamics C4 Systems, Lockheed Martin, and the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) (2006-2011).
While the Principal Configuration Management Consultant of Regulus Consulting, John supported Siemens Health Services Corporation, Rockwell Telecommunications, Ameritech, The Vanguard Group of Investment Companies, Chrysler, Visa International, Sun Microsystems, Pennsylvania Justice Network (JNet), Verizon Communications, United Services Automobile Association (USAA), and UnitedHealth Group from 1996-2006. He was also Configuration Manager and Programmer Analyst for MCI (1993-1996).
John was a Senior Paralegal for Acumenics Research and Technology, supporting the U.S. Department of Justice (1993). He was Inside Director and Membership Coordinator of Environmental Action, Inc. from 1991-1993, and again a Paralegal of Acumenics Research and Technology, supporting the U.S. Department of Justice from 1990-1991. He was a self-employed Technical and Health Policy Consultant from 1986-1990, and Associate Engineer of Marconi Avionics from 1978-1986. John began his professional career as an Electronics Technician for Terminal Equipment Maintenance (1978).
He holds two Professional Certificates from Stanford University: Strategic Decision and Risk Management (anticipated 2017); and Advanced Computer Security. He also holds a Paralegal Diploma from Ashworth College. John is enrolled in the Spring 2018 cohort for the Executive Chief Information Security Officer Certificate program at Carnegie Mellon University, H. John Heinz III College.
John is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Association for Corporate Growth, ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association), Northern Virginia Hackers Association, International Association of Privacy Professionals, (ISC)2 (International Information System Security Certification Consortium), and Infragard.
John was also a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
He served as an Advisor on the Nanotechnology Advisory Committee of Northwest Vista College (2008-2011), and as Board Director of Chester County InterLink (CCIL) (2003-2004). John served as President and Legislative Advocate of the Georgia Women’s Coalition for Medical Freedom (1983-1990), and Executive Director of Georgians for Safe Food (1988-1989).
John was a Reviewer for National Electric Sector Cyber Security Organization Resources (NESCOR) (2011-2014), and Legislative Advocate of the Georgia State Association of Naturopathic Physicians (1983-1989). He served as Executive Officer (Secretary), Board Director, Strategic Planning Committee Chair, Financial Committee Member, and Legislative Advocate of Sevananda Natural Foods Cooperative (1986-1988). John also served as Vice President, Board Director, and Legislative Advocate of the Informed Health Care Association of Georgia (1983-1987).
Katherine Willis, Director of Marketing
Katherine has over 30 years of retail consumer sales and marketing experience, supporting major companies such as Hostess Brands, Revlon, Ross Stores, Breyers, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, Neiman Marcus, and Bloomingdale’s. Katherine provides direction on the marketing of Turnaround Security.
Michael (“Mike”) Willis, Security Systems Engineer
Mike has been programming and working with computers since the age 11. He enjoys building computers from scratch, including the Gentoo operating systems. He is currently pursuing a degree in Cybersecurity. Mike contributed to the development of the prototypes of AppSec DesignerTM, will be implementing our cloud service, and supporting enterprise customers. Mike has been a member of the Northern Virginia Hackers Association since 2011, and attends security conferences such as Shmoocon and BSides DC.